A Few Words About Artisan Stitch
St Margaret’s House
151 London Road
Artisan Stitch provides sewing classes and creative textile art workshops. I have classes for adults across all levels of ability and specialise in helping people lose their fear of sewing machines. My most popular class is the Beginners Sewing Course. I also teach Dressmaking and Pattern cutting so you can learn my tips and tricks to be able to make your own clothes to a professional standard. During school holidays I offer a range of sewing classes for children aged 8 to 12 and also have a term-time after-school course too.
However I also want to show that sewing machines are not just for taking up hems and boring stuff like that. So I offer lots of creative workshops such as Free-Motion Embroidery, I have a passion for upcycling fabric so my ‘Rags to Riches’ workshop shows you how to make stunning new fabrics from a pile of scraps. Or why not try making your own fabric and papers for your crafts or quilting in the Monoprinting workshop. I’ve designed these techniques to be easy for anyone to learn so you don’t need to be particularly artistic to be able to create something beautiful. Why not join me on my textile journey…?
Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of excellence in January 2019 and is rated best sewing classes in Edinburgh.
I’m told that I first picked up a needle about the age of 4, when I made my first dress. OK so it was only a dress for my doll. I learned to use a machine when I was 7 years old so I have well over 40 years of sewing experience ranging over dressmaking, tailoring, bridal wear and soft-furnishings. I've also been teaching and training for over 20 years.
My qualifications are:
HND Stitched Textiles & Fashion – Edinburgh’s Telford College
BA (Hons) Textile Design – Heriot Watt University
After graduation, I worked in knitwear manufacturing for a top end cashmere producer in the Scottish Borders. Then I spent some time selling my own range of knitted and felted accessories. These sold direct to the public and to around 44 galleries and boutique shops around the UK. My knitwear designs have been bought by high street chains and the Italian fashion house, Valentino.
My embroidery work has been exhibited widely and has sold to private collectors. I am a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild.
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